Ticonderoga has been fined $86,500 by the state for failing a report an oil spill earlier this year. The town must pay a $40,000 cash penalty imposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The remaining $46,500 fine has been suspended as long as Ti meets the stipulations of a 19-page finding issued by the DEC.
continued In that incident about two gallons of gasoline was spilled on the floor of the Ticonderoga highway garage. The spill was immediately cleaned up.
An unnamed community member learned of the accident and reported it to the DEC. That led to a DEC investigation.
While investigating the spill, the DEC officer saw an abandoned drain in the garage floor. Further investigation revealed the drain led to a dry well outside the garage. The drain and dry well were installed when the highway garage was built in 1953 and had not been used since the 1970s.
Concerned about possible past contamination, DEC ordered Ticonderoga to have soil samples taken from around the highway garage. Those samples revealed pollution.
More than 1,000 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed from the highway garage site. Besides removing polluted soil, the highway department was required to connect the floor drain to the public sewer system, upgrade its containment systems, improve its fuel storage area and keep smaller amounts of fuel on site.
Those actions and fines cost Ticonderoga $275,000, Malaney said.
The latest fine will be paid from the highway department’s equipment fund and will have no impact on the town’s 2013 budget, Malaney said.